Another name for Weekly Lesson Plan is “Plan of Work”. Let it be known here that there is a big difference between a Note of Lesson and a weekly plan of work. However, the two records cannot stand without each other. I am saying this because of the misconceptions making rounds regarding a Note of lessons and a Weekly Lesson Plan. Many teachers believe that the two records are the same and have no clear difference.
WHAT IS A WEEKLY LESSON PLAN?
A weekly Lesson Plan is a teaching plan drawn from the scheme of work with the weekly topics carefully broken down into sub-topics according to periods of the subject in the school time – table. Therefore, a weekly lesson plan is all about a systematic analysis of the weekly subject topic into sub-topics according to the number of times the subject appeared in a School Time Table for effective teaching and learning of the subject.
Agencies and organizations like the Universal Basic Education Commission [UBEC], Federal Ministry of Education, and other education-based organizations do not compromise with quality teaching and learning in schools. This is the real reason why a carefully developed Weekly Lesson Plan is vital.
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEEKLY LESSON PLAN AND A NOTE OF LESSON
The difference between a Weekly Lesson Plan and a Note of lesson is that Weekly Lesson Plan has to do with the breakdown of scheme weekly subject’s topic into sub-topics according to the number of periods the subject is taught in the school Time-Table while a Lesson Note has to do with the full development of the weekly lesson plan already broken into sub-topics with all the teaching methodologies and technics carefully observed for effective teaching and learning.
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A weekly lesson plan or plan of work has certain procedures and development parameters that must be strictly observed. Procedures like, the title, time, subject [s], periods, content breakdown. These items are captured in a column and treated accordingly while the Note of Lesson captures items or procedures like the title, the class you are writing for, age, time, sex, date, topic, specific objectives, instructional techniques, entry behavior, set inductions, instructional procedures involving the steps, learners or student’s performance activities, evaluations, summary, and closures. You develop your Note of Lesson from the Weekly Lesson plans.
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SIMILARITIES BETWEEN A LESSON PLAN [PLAN OF WORK] AND A NOTE OF LESSON
See the table below for a better understanding:
|S/N||LESSON PLAN||NOTE OF LESSON|
|1||It’s a careful plan for effective teaching and learning||It’s a careful plan for effective teaching and learning|
|2||It’s weekly planned||It’s a weekly work developed|
|3||Compulsory for a teacher to keep||Compulsory for a teacher to keep|
|4||A sure way of ensuring that a teacher prepares for a lesson adequately before delivery.||A sure way of ensuring that a teacher prepares for a lesson adequately before delivery.|
|5||It is an instructional material||It is an instructional material|
|6||It’s statutory||It’s statutory|
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HOW TO DEVELOP A WEEKLY LESSON PLAN OR PLAN OF WORK
I deliberately decided to fix up an example of a weekly lesson plan with all the items and procedures consciously developed and observed for your careful study so you easily understand each step to developing a weekly lesson plan development. Study the example below very carefully:
PLAN OF WORK FOR THE 2ND WEEKENDING DATE………….
|English||5||Reading from module I pupils book 5. Topic Atlanta the strange girl.|
|i||Treatment of new words from module 2|
|iii||Treatment of the exercises|
|iv||Grammar- The use of tenses|
|v||Revision and test.|
|i||Revision of counting in tens up to a hundred thousand.|
|ii||Using the symbols The H. T. U. to show place of value up to a million and number charts.|
|iii||The form given number e.g. 895, 643, lead pupils to read the number formed.|
|iv||Writes several numbers in thousands and millions and leads pupils to write them in words and figures.|
|v||Revision and test|
|Social Studies||2||Marriage customs|
|i||Introduction of marriage customs and how to prepare for it.|
|ii||The role of the family and the parents.|
|Primary science||2||Air Pressure|
|i||Air Pressure on every object in all direction|
|ii||Air has weight|
|C. R. K.||2||Jesus is the son of God|
|i||The story of the baptism of Jesus. Matt. 3:1-19.|
|ii||Peter acknowledges Jesus as the son of God and he was rewarded, Matt. 16:1-3-19.|
|Home economics||2||Home-made polish and cleaning agents.|
|Igbo||3||Igu isi nke mbu na igbo Nzuroke. Ada gara skull.|
|i||Imu okwu ohuru|
|ii||Agumagu na Aziza|
|Reasoning||i||Put in alphabetical order|
|ii||Write figures 1, 2, 3, 4 inside the brackets to indicate the alphabetical order.|
|Reasoning||i||Addition of even numbers from ten-thousand|
|ii||Subtraction of some number from thousands down to hundreds|
|Writing||1||Writing from new way copybook page 1|
|Music||1||Jesus, you are a wonder|
|Literature||2||Reading chapter one|
|I||Teaching the new words|
|Ii||Reading and summarizing|
|Agric. Science||2||Domestic animal|
|I||Names of domestic animals|
|2||Practical Agric. (labor)|
|P. Health Edu.||2-i||Care of the body|
|Comp. Work||1||Cleaning the school compound|
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SIMPLE STEPS TO DEVELOPING A WEEKLY LESSON PLAN
- Having studied the example above, I shall now go ahead to explain just a few areas I feel might be a bit complicated. Follow the steps:
- Draw your table into columns and rows and create your subject, period, and content breakdown column as shown above
- Write down and treat the subjects one at a time by breaking the topic for the week into sub-topics to cover the number of times they are to be taught in a week.
- State the number of periods and when a sub-topic is supposed to be taught in the period column and the sub-topic in the content breakdown column. See the sample above.
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Observe that subjects like English Language and Mathematics enjoy the highest number of periods taught in a week in the timetable. The reason is that those two subjects are expected to be taught all through the day’s school reopens. The whole essence of the Weekly Lesson Plan is to help deliver every topic in the scheme of work with every specific objective of the topic met.
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